Since 2012 the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) has fought against ICE collaboration with local law enforcement and programs like “S-Comm” (Secure Communities) in coalition with several organization sin the East Bay. Our allies at San Jose Branch of the NAACP have joined the fight and have created a resolution calling upon President Obama, Department of Homeland Security and Congress to end “S-Comm” and programs like it.
The Resolution cited the many problems with “S-Comm”. Though these programs were created to target “serious” criminal, 70% of the people caught in this dragnet have no criminal convictions or committed minor traffic violations. The programs lack of regulation, guidelines and due process incentive racial profiling, eroding trust with local police, making our communities less safe. Victims of crime, survivors of domestic violence, and youth have been swept into deportation proceedings by “S-Comm” after calling the police for help.
Rev. Moore of San Jose NAACP is looking for NAACP Branch Presidents to join local campaigns to in “S-Comm” nationally, challenge and modify the agreement in California with the Trust Act, and aid local officials in protecting their 10th amendment right, and not honor detainer policy.
NAACP is providing a great example of how the African American population can get involved in the fight for immigrant rights. The Obama administration attack on the rights of immigrants is an attack on every Americans civil rights. An attack on people of color, regardless of their origin, is an attack on us all.